Te Kākano Aotearoa Trust is a Wanaka community-based native plant nursery that specialises in propagating plants of local origin (Upper Clutha region) and uses these plants for localised native habitat restoration. We work with local community groups, schools, organisations & businesses in the effort to promote hands-on community land care. 


Nursery Sessions - Nursery volunteer days are open to all members of the public and are held every Tuesday & Wednesday from 9am-12pm (Spring/Summer) and 1pm-4pm (Autumn/Winter). These volunteer sessions teach propagation/cultivation techniques, leading on to planting and nurturing of the young plants in the wild and are guided by our Nursery Manager. We provide Venus coffee, tea and snacks for all our volunteers and you also get the chance to soak in the views on our deck.


Planting Projects - Each year, we identify and undertake habitat restoration projects to create islands of new native bush and enrich existing areas to provide precious habitat for our local wildlife. Work at these planting projects takes the form of maintenance days (watering and weeding) and planting days (putting the plants into the ground). Project days are on Saturdays with maintenance during the summer and planting between May and November. Dates are advertised in the calendar below, on our Facebook page, and in the Wanaka Messenger.



Changes in the Board of Trustees

Ben Taylor has taken over the chair role for the trust from Nick Mills. We would like to acknowledge Nick's huge contribution as founder, trustee and two stints as chair! He has been instrumental in developing and growing the trust over the last 11 years and we are thankful that he is remaining on as a trustee.

We are also very lucky to be able to welcome two new trustees, Andrew Gawith and Emma Conyngham onto the Board. Andrew comes with a wealth of business and governance experience from the world of economics and Emma comes with fantastic skills in the media and communications space.

We are also saying goodbye to Neil Woodrow as a trustee extraordinaire who has given a huge amount of his time over the last 6 years, in particular as treasurer and as the lead on the Fresh Water Improvement project. Thank you Neil for all your hard work as a trustee!

July 2020

Neil (left) helping out at one of our plantings

Volunteer Sessions - welcome back to "normal"

It is great to announce that under Alert Level 1 there are no limitations

on the number of volunteers at our nursery and planting sessions.

Welcome back everybody.


We are continuing with some of the practices we adopted under

Covid-19 levels, as we found them to be beneficial.

We encourage you to:

  • Bring your own gloves, and drinking vessel

  • Wash your hands! We have 2 hand washing stations and hand sanitiser available

  • Stay away if you are unwell, or have been unwell in the 48 hours beforehand

  • Advise us if you become unwell and have attended a session

We also will be asking you to register for planting sessions you want to attend. This is to help plan our planting events, but if you decide to come and have not registered, then you are still welcome.

You can register via email (info@tekakano.org.nz) or via our Facebook page

June 2020

New Nursery Space looking organised

We so like the look of the new nursery space as it becomes organised - many thanks to the volunteer team who have been, and are, putting this in place.

January 2020


If you have queries contact info@tekakano.org.nz

Nursery Sessions:

Every Tues & Wed


October 1 - March 31: 9am - 12

April 1 - September 30: 1pm - 4pm

Please stay away if you are unwell or have been unwell in the 48 hours beforehand.

Planting sessions:

Saturday 8th August 2020 from 10am to 12pm, lakeshore, Wanaka, opposite Edgewater.

Meet at 10am on the lawn opposite Edgewater (lake side).
Please, bring your own cup, sturdy boots or gumboots. If you have them bring your own gloves and tools, but we will have some spare. We will provide a nice morning tea, thanks to Venus Coffee and Edgewater.

We encourage you to register, info@tekakano.org.nz or on our FB page

Next plantings: 22nd August (Glendhu Wetland Wildlife Refuge), 5th September (Diamond Lake), 19th September

Annual General Meeting:

Our AGM was postponed. The  documents that would have been presented are available here (scroll down to Trust documents).  The Trust is in a very good shape and there are no urgent matters to advise of.

Honouring Andrew and Welcoming Kris

Andrew - our founding nursery manager has been integral in helping us come so far. With his dedication, warmth, humour, knowledge and enthusiasm and belief in all Te Kākano stands for he has been invaluable, and we wish him well as he leaves us.
We know our volunteers have appreciated Andrew's welcoming approach at our nursery and planting sessions, and all he has helped them achieve. Thank-you Andrew for all you have given us and we look forward to welcoming you as a volunteer when time allows.

We have appointed Kris Vollebregt as our new Nursery Manager.  Kris has extensive knowledge of our operations in a volunteer capacity and also as a relief manager in Andrew's absence, so we are in capable hands and look forward to working with her as the new nursery space takes shape.

January 2020

Look at us now!

Our nursery expansion takes shape with perimeter fencing and groundwork complete. Next steps - irrigation system and wind protection. Exciting times.  Thanks to all involved.


Madill Whanau


Mary Smit

Triple Glazing NZ

Anonymous donors

Crowe Horwath





A: Off Mt Aspiring Rd, Lake Wanaka

    PO Box 550, Wanaka 9343

Text: 021 298 1068 (Volunteer sessions, Nursery)

E: info@tekakano.org.nz (other enquiries)



John & Jill Blennerhassett

Sargood Bequest

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